Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Fish tacos!  (Sigh)  I cannot find the words to express how much I love Fish Tacos.

It was love at first bite, one summer in Ensenada, many years ago.

The fish wasn't coated with a heavy batter.  It had a light, crispy coating.  And the salsa, wasn't a salsa at all.  It was a simple mixture of Mexican crema and canned chipotle peppers.   There was also a delicious Pico de Gallo in the colors of the Mexican flag, that offered a cool texture and even more flavor to the tacos.

Whenever I make these tacos, I am reminded of that summer vacation.  (Sigh!) 

Pico de Gallo

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies, chopped

Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl.


Mix until well combined.  Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.


Crema de Chipotle

  • 1 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce

Place sour cream and chipotles in a blender cup.


Puree until smooth.  Pour into a small serving bowl and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.


Tacos de Pescado
(Fish Tacos) 

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tilapia steaks, cut in strips
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Shredded Lettuce or Cabbage
  • Lime wedges
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Crema de Chipotle

Pour milk into a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Place flour on  a plate; season with salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Set aside.

Season tilapia strips with salt and pepper.

Dip tilapia strips in milk.

Coat tilapia strips with flour.

Brown tilapia in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

Cook until golden brown on both sides.

To serve, place 1 to 2 strips of tilapia in center of a warm corn tortilla.  Squeeze lime juice over tilapia.

Garnish with shredded lettuce, Pico de Gallo and Crema de Chipotle.  Enjoy!!!

 With Love,


  1. So THAT'S how you make the fish taco creame?? YYYAAAYYY !! OH Leslie I love fish tacos so much it drives me crazy! I've wanted to make them at home but've never got up the nerve to figure it out :P . GREAT POST and Thank You! :)

  2. Funny you should write this as I was picking up all these things yesterday. My first Fish taco was in Cabo San Lucas. We were deep in the Barrio when we found a tiny little stand. It's the only time I have seen much cabbage used in Mexican food.

  3. These sound great! I will need to try them.

  4. I'm always looking for new recipes, and my viking husband loves fish. Thanks for sharing! =)

    Happy Saturday Sharefest. Please check out my blog too. =)

  5. Oh. I am stopping over from SITS this morning and I just want to say that these look SO ridiculously good. Oh my goodness! I want some at once :) Thank you for sharing : )

  6. I LOVE fish tacos!! I like the idea of using fried fish. Yum!

  7. Leslie, thank you again for a wonderful recipe. I made these for lunch yesterday and they were delicious. The only substitute I had to make was using maseca instead of flour and it didn't make a bit of difference. Thank you so much for all of your great recipes and keep them coming.

  8. Leslie, I live in Paraguay (I'm in the Peace Corps), and unfortunately, some of these ingredients are hard to find, but I was wondering, what is adobe sauce? I live in an urban area and can find canned jalapenos and some salsas. I wanted to let you know that your blog has been so inspiring! I cannot stop looking at all the recipes and share more Mexican food with the Paraguayan people. Avisame, por fa! Love, Natalie

  9. Lost in translation!September 7, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Hi! This is the first time I visit your blog. Great recipes, and very authentic to what REAL mexican food is all about. I miss mexican food now that I live in the U.S. And the warmth of the people!!!!
    Now I will be visiting your blog frequently to try your recipes, and to get a lillte taste of home....thank you!!

    P.S. This recipe says Fish tacos with creamy chipotle sauce, and at the end you wrote enjoy with pico de gallo and crema de chayote.

    Can't wait to try out more recipes!!

  10. Hola Leslie, hace unos dias encontre tus recetas, y tengo q confesar q estoy enviciada en ellas, son muy buenas.
    me confundi al final de esta receta porque dice Crema de Chayote : ) no te preocupes amiga, nadie se ha fijado.
    Sigue adelante y tus fotografias son excelentes. Saludos desde South Dakota.

  11. Hi Leslie! This recipe looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing :)